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A Christian's mission, Francis said at the Angelus, is "ignite little lights in people's hearts;  be little lamps of the Gospel that bring a little love and hope ".  In Lent a "fast" from gossip.  A prayer for children suffering from rare diseases.

| 28/02/2021
| VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

 Commentary on the Gospel of the 2nd Sunday of Lent B (Mark 9, 2-10).

| 28/02/2021
|

The theme from Ps 103: 3: "He forgives all your sins". A guide "to offer some suggestions to allow parishes and Christian communities to prepare themselves to live the initiative 24 hours for the Lord.”

| 26/02/2021
| VATICAN

First telephone call between the new president and King Salman. The White House now deals only with the monarch and relegates the crown prince to the background. Waiting for the declassified report on the Khashoggi murder, which would prove the responsibility of Mbs. Diplomacy to counter Iranian nuclear ambitions.

| 26/02/2021
| MIDDLE EAST - USA

People queue for hours to get a piece of bread at a low price. Children skip school and wander the streets in search of money. For WFP, 12.4 million people face “food insecurity”. The COVID-19 pandemic is being “ignored, because people cannot afford the luxury of not working”.

 

| 25/02/2021
| SYRIA

Data from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka report the disappearance of 5,927 people. The Pakistani embassy speaks of 824 dead compatriots. The figure could be much higher because numbers from Kenya and the Philippines are missing. Doha accused of failing to protect migrant workers.

| 25/02/2021
| QATAR

Stronger than the pandemic, IDEX 2021 is taking place between 21 to 25 February. Some 70,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors are expected. The UAE has signed deals worth US .36 billion. Military spending in the Mideast has dropped by 10 per cent because of the pandemic and the decline in oil prices.

 

| 24/02/2021
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

A portion of the surplus reserved for Palestinian Authority health personnel. Czech Republic, Honduras and Guatemala among the possible beneficiaries. But the choice is the subject of political conflict: Gantz accuses Netanyahu of behaving as he was "at the head of a kingdom, not a state".

| 24/02/2021
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE

The incident took place in the Israeli port of Ashdod, tens (or hundreds) of tonnes of oil spilled from a ship. Experts talk about the important mass that is set to “get worse” in the coming days. Some 80 percent of the coastline between Ras Naqoura and Tyre has been touched. Immediate action is needed.

| 23/02/2021
| LEBANON – ISRAEL

The Israeli government has obtained the release of a young Orthodox who entered Syrian territory on February 2. Official reports speak of an exchange of prisoners. In fact, behind the release is the supply of 1.2 million doses of Sputnik V to Damascus. A success for Netanyahu, Assad and (above all) Putin.

| 23/02/2021
| SYRIA - ISRAEL - RUSSIA
by Fady Noun

The cardinal met with the Saudi ambassador, who returned to Lebanon after two months of absence. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is relegated to the margins of the negotiations. Doubts and uncertainties surround the investigation into the explosion at the port following the removal of Judge Sawan. An outside investigation is needed.

| 22/02/2021
| LEBANON
by Bernardo Cervellera

This year's work program for Catholics has been drawn up by bishops and the Patriotic Association.  Deepen the history of the Party, the Long March, Socialism, aligning with the leadership of Xi Jinping.  A Theological Forum on Sinicization is also planned.  More than a "pastoral" program, it is a political program in which the "independent and autonomous Church" is exalted.

 

 

| 22/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN

They will have access to the army, air force, navy, strategic missile sector and medical services. Candidates must be between 21 and 40 years old, be at least 155 centimetres tall and cannot be married to foreigners. Higher ranks of a military career excluded.

| 22/02/2021
| SAUDI ARABIA
Editor's choices
 
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Mya Thwate Thwate Kaing died yesterday after being wounded by police in Naypyidaw. The United Kingdom imposes sanctions on three generals; Canada on nine officials. The United States, India, Japan and Australia are demanding a quick return to democracy. ...
| 20/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The church was built in 2000, with all the permits and praise of the local authorities. There are two reasons for the destruction: the land’s commercial value and erasing the "showy" symbolism of the religious building. The policy of "sinicization" ...
| 19/02/2021
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
Zdeněk Hřib targeted for having twinned with Taipei and supporting Tibetan dissidents. “No cost” for my commitment to Taiwan and Tibet. China is an “unreliable” trading partner. Alarm raised over Chinese lobbying campaigns in ...
| 11/02/2021
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN
 
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Buddhist monks in Pegu and Pakokku pray and march to protect the people from darkness. In Kengtung, Christians in procession with the statue of Our Lady. In Mandalay, the bishop's evening of prayer with priests and sisters. The religious of Saint ...
| 11/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
Erdoğan appears to have traded them for millions of doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. Protests are taking place in front of the Chinese embassy in Ankara. The ratification of an extradition treaty with China faces an uphill battle. Turkish opposition ...
| 10/02/2021
| TURKEY - CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
It will contain all information on religious personnel, including the punishments received and the revocation of their ministry. A document on the management of clergy, monks, priests, bishops, who above all have the obligation to "support the leadership ...
| 10/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
In an audience with the Focolare Movement (Work of Mary), Pope Francis stressed three points: the post-Foundress era, the importance of crises, and living spirituality with coherence and realism. He greeted the movement’s new president, Margaret ...
| 06/02/2021
| VATICAN
 
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Taiwan leads Japan and South Korea. Globally it is 11th. Greater financial transparency in politics and judicial independence are the main factors boosting its ranking. Thanks to hi-tech, the island also ...
| 06/02/2021
| TAIWAN
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